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Bougainville referendum: region votes overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea

Jubilation at result but region faces long process ahead before it can become worlds newest nation The autonomous region of Bougainville has voted overwhelmingly in favour of becoming independent from Papua New Guinea, paving the way for the group of islands to become the worlds newest nation. More than 180,000 people in Bougainville, a collection ofislands flung 700km off the coast of took place amid a mood of great celebration, with people in the main township of Buka singing, dancing, cheering and playing pan flutes as they followed the regions…

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Angela Merkel speaks of ‘deep shame’ on first visit to Auschwitz

German chancellor says crimes at Nazi death camp will always be part of countrys history Angela Merkel has expressed deep shame during her first visit as German chancellor to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Holocaust memorial and vowed to fight rising racism and antisemitism in Germany and Europe. Dressed in black, Merkel said the crimes committed at the site in southern Poland where the Nazis ran their largest death camp would always be part of German history. This site obliges us to keep the memory alive. We must remember the crimes that were…

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Grenade thrown at migrant children’s centre in Madrid

Facility in Hortaleza had previously been singled out for criticism by far-right Vox party Bomb squad officers in Madrid have carried out a controlled explosion after a practice hand grenade was thrown over the wall of a centre for unaccompanied foreign minors in the north-east of the Spanish capital. A spokeswoman at the Madrid headquarters of the national police force said the grenade carried a small amount of explosive. There were no reported injuries. Staff at the centre found a suspicious object in the centres patio between 8.30 and 9…

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Queen greets her Nato guests but problems mount for absent son

Such engagements would normally be for Prince Andrew to undertake but no longer As the Queen hosted world leaders to mark 70 years of Nato cooperation and collective spirit, her Buckingham Palace reception was counterpointed by political discord and protest. Outside, hundreds of anti-Donald Trump and anti-Nato demonstrators blocked roads in central London. Inside, the Duke of York was absent from the guest list, having quit public life in the wake of Virginia Giuffres allegations. As a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, who was appointed vice-admiral on his 55th birthday,…

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Jordan and Israel’s 25-year peace deal under more strain than ever

Unpopular but enduring treaty faces new test in form of Donald Trumps plan for Middle East This month, without a shot being fired, Israel gave up land to an Arab neighbour. The flag of Jordan was raised above Baqoura and al-Ghamr, two tracts along the kingdoms border with Israel, recognised as Jordanian land but leased to the Jewish state as part of a landmark 1994 peace deal between the two countries. The bloodless handover of the territories, as well as Jordans staunch refusal to renew Israeli leases on them, was…

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Albania earthquake: at least 16 dead and hundreds injured

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes at shallow depth, bringing down buildings in Tirana and nearby At least 16 people have died and 600 people have been injured after a powerful earthquake hit Albania in the early hours of Tuesday, causing damage along the countrys Adriatic coastline and in the capital, Tirana. Several buildings collapsed, burying residents in the rubble. The 6.4-magnitude quake struck shortly before 4am local time (0300 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, and was the second powerful tremor to hit the region in two months. It was centred…

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Mummified lion and dozens of cats among rare finds in Egypt

Discoveries near Saqqara necropolis shed light on ancient use of animals in worship A rare discovery of mummified big cats, cobras and crocodiles has been unveiled by Egyptian authorities. Egyptologists are thrilled at the cache, which includes dozens of mummified cats, 75 wooden and bronze cat statues, mummified birds, and an enormous mummified beetle three to four times the normal size. Egyptian officials hoped that the announcement would help to boost the countrys image abroad, and encourage more tourists to return. Its wonderful promotion for Egypt, said Khaled El-Enany, Egypts…

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‘Absolute fearlessness’: women take impeachment spotlight and speak truth as Trump fumes

Over two extraordinary weeks, four women have testified publicly and shown remarkable competence and composure in the face of Trumps smears Hours into the final public hearing of the Houses historic impeachment inquiry on Thursday, the congresswoman Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, needed the witness to verify a story she had heard about her. Fiona Hill,hardscrabble upbringing in County Durham, in the north-east of England. When Hill was 11 a schoolboy set her pigtails on fire during a test was it true that Hill snuffed out the fire with…

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Legendary Canadian bartender’s dying wish was for toes to garnish cocktails

Captain Dick Stevenson requested all 10 of his toes be donated for use in the sour toe whiskey cocktail he invented The final wish of a Canadian man that all of his toes be donated to be used in a a spate of toe thefts. The hotel now slaps a fine of C$2,500 ($1,900) on any patron attempting to swipe a toe. The hotel currently has six toes, including three Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/sour-toe-cocktail-canadian-bartender-captain-dick-dying-wish

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Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’

Presidents lawyer, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, speaks to Guardian amid speculation Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps personal lawyer, has said he is confident the president will remain loyal to him as an impeachment inquiry unfolds in which the former New York mayor has become a central figure. But Giuliani joked that he had good insurance in case Trump did turn on him, amid speculation Republicans will seek to frame him as a rogue actor. In a telephone interview…

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Sri Lankans sound alarm over Facebook fake news ahead of election

Facebooks decision to allow politicians to promote content already rated false by factcheckers has been widely condemned Sri Lankan civil society groups are sounding alarms about Facebooks policies in advance of the countrys 16 November presidential election, with warnings that the companys controversial decision to allow politicians to advertise misinformation is inappropriate and incendiary to boot. Sanjana Hattotuwa, a senior researcher for the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), on 7 November published Sunday Times of Sri Lanka. Desphapriya also said he was not satisfied with Facebooks record on removing questionable…

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Woody Allen and Amazon end legal battle over four-film deal

Agreement in US district court sees $68m suit centering on #MeToo remarks dismissed without prejudice Woody Allen and Amazon have ended their legal battle. The filmmaker responded that Allen, whose daughter Dylan insensitive remarks released overseas, but not in the US. Allens career has slowed in recent years, with actors who had appeared in his films, among them Rebecca Hall, saying they would not work with him again. Others, Samantha Morton, have Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/09/woody-allen-amazon-end-legal-battle-four-film-deal-metoo

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Brazil’s former president Lula walks free from prison after supreme court ruling

Workers party leader had been held for 580 days for corruption but court rules incarceration unlawful until appeals exhausted Brazils former president said. Brazil did not improve, Brazil got worse. The people are going hungry. The people are unemployed. The people do not have formal jobs. People are working for Uber theyre riding bikes to deliver pizzas. Lula was imprisoned in April 2018 after a after all appeals to higher courts had been exhausted, paving the way for Lula and another 5,000 prisoners to be freed. The decision followed revelations…

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Pressure grows on British chefs after New York bans foie gras

Restaurateurs and MPs are turning against the delicacy after years of intense animal rights protests Diners at Ottos know what to expect. Roasted duck flambed in brandy and carved at the table. Lobster bisque, concass. Escargots la bourguignonne. And the epitome of French fine dining, foie gras. As the maitre d applies himself to constructing an order of tartare de boeuf, Otto Tepasse, the proprietor, considers whether is unnecessary, but in France, where 98% of the foie gras eaten in Britain is made, a pt can only be called foie…

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